Rolex and motor sports
The BLOODHOUND Project is preparing to break the World Land Speed Record in 2016 with a jet and rocket-powered supersonic car capable of achieving the astonishing speed of 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h). Actively supported by Rolex, this high-technology project is driven by an educational challenge: to stimulate interest in science and engineering around the globe, in the same manner as space exploration and other technological feats inspired a whole new generation of scientists and technicians.
Shaped to defy extreme aerodynamic forces at 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h), BLOODHOUND SSC’s slender body is almost 14 metres long with two front wheels within the body and two rear wheels mounted externally within wheel fairings. This pioneering blend of car and aircraft technology weighs nearly 8 tonnes fully fuelled, and harnesses the power of three engines – jet, rocket and internal combustion – that produce more than 135,000 horsepower – the equivalent of 180 Formula 1® racing cars. Cutting-edge technologies and materials were deployed in its design and manufacturing.
The Spirit of Endeavour
BLOODHOUND SSC’s driver Andy Green is the current holder of the World Land Speed Record and the first and only person to drive at supersonic speed. His first-class honours degree in Mathematics from Oxford University is just one sign of the taste for precision and excellence that turned this experienced jet pilot into the fastest man on earth.